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Lost Words – Let’s bring ’em back!

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My debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront is out now on Amazon and Kobo . 

As a lot of this blog is about writing, I wanted to write a regular article on my favourite forgotten words. You know the type of thing, those poor lost words that sit at the back of our minds, gathering dust, having been discovered years ago in literary classics like Dickens, or Austen. They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until they go out of date! Let’s bring them back!

This month’s word is: OBSCURANTIST

Obscurantist

Adjective

Deliberately vague and difficult to understand so it stops people finding out the truth.

This definition is from the Collins Online Dictionary and most of the sources I found all defined this word with an example of politicians! How true! I can’t think of anyone who does this more than them, but I’m not going to get caught up in that right now, I’m not one for political talk. So, instead I’ll tell you about the last time I was obscurantist. It was with my nine  year old daughter. She asked me how babies get into a mummy’s tummy and unable to face such a difficult question I referred her to the ice creams in the freezer! A nifty distraction. And thankfully that question hasn’t come up since!

When was the last time you were obscurantist? Let me know in the comments below!

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Katie Ginger, Writer Live. Read. Write.

Katie Ginger

The first thing you need to know about me is, I like gin. Lots and lots of gin.
I live in the South East of England in a lovely little town by the sea and spend my time working, running around after my kids, walking our King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit, and writing!

I love history and have a Master’s degree, but have also been lucky enough to work in various castles and museums over the years. I’ve yet to get one of them into a story though – I really must try harder!

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